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The Institute

In 1984, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, as an educational institution charged with preserving Peterson’s lifetime body of work and making it available to the world for educational purposes. RTPI holds a Permanent Charter from the New York State Education Department and is a 501(c)(3) institution located at 311 Curtis St.

Project Wild America

2015 marked the 60th Anniversary of Roger Tory Peterson’s book Wild America in which he and his close friend British naturalist James Fisher showed us that nature is everywhere – if you know when, where and how to look and listen. Last year also saw the start of RTPI’s Project Wild America intent on continuing that work. Various programs are currently under way in 2016 as part of Project Wild America, connecting people with nature in their own backyard.

Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson was the pre-eminent American naturalist who illustrated and chronicled the natural world to the public in the 20th century. Over a long career that began with nature study in the seventh grade in Jamestown, New York, he observed, recorded and published for lay audiences the incredible beauty and diversity of plants and animals from North America and around the world.

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Hairy Woodpecker

Here’s the next of the “John James Audubon” series of Meet Your...

Blue Jay

This Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) was in the shade on a sunny April day, nevertheless...

Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

Recently I heard a little rustling in the leaves around me while I was watching some...

Camera Blunders

During this time of the year, when bird migrations are happening, salamander eggs are...

Song Sparrow Singing

Why do they call them Song Sparrows again? Oh, right. I was so happy to be able to...

Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)

Here’s a Throwback Thursday to a Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor) that I...

Dandelion Feast

The dandelion is one of the most widespread and widely known flowering plants there is,...

Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum)

With trees just beginning to bud, sunlight has been able to penetrate to the forest...

Yellow Warbler

This female Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) was a pleasant sight as she and a male...

April Flowers

It seems this warm year brought us a lot more March showers and April flowers rather...

Eastern Towhee

Have you had an Eastern Towhee in your yard yet this spring? They seem to be here, there...

Intern Night – May 4, 2016

Please join us at RTPI on Wednesday May 4 from 6-7pm for a night of fun and learning as...

Young Chipmunk

This adorable little Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) liked me enough to stay on its...

American Goldfinches

RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser wanted to try something new with his Meet Your...